The Partnerships with External Agencies for Provision of Services by Regulated Health Professionals, Regulated Social Service Professionals and Paraprofessionals policy and procedure respect the importance of partnerships and collaborative relationships that complement or enhance learning.
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What has Changed?
Major changes to the document: Language revisions and updated definitions.
Reason for review: Due for second review.
Who is affected by these changes and what is the impact on current practice? All stakeholder groups are listed below.
Implementation timelines: Immediate upon Board approval.
Lead Superintendent(s)/Subject Matter Expert(s): Associate Director of Education, Schools, Programs and Equitable Outcomes.
Stakeholder Groups with Responsibilities under this Policy and Procedure
Board of Trustees
Director of Education
Education and Community Services
Relationship to Board Priorities
The partnerships with External Agencies for Provision of Services by Regulated Health Professionals, Regulated Social Services Professionals and Paraprofessionals policy addresses the goal to continuously increase student achievement and well-being through a culture of caring and learning, which emphasizes student and staff mental and physical well-being.
Timelines and Next Steps
This policy was scheduled for second review at the December 12, 2023 Policy and By-Law Standing Committee meeting.
Questions about this policy and/or procedure should be raised with your principal, manager or supervisor. If additional clarification is required, principals, managers and supervisors may contact the lead superintendent and/or subject matter expert Trustee Services.
In accordance with Board Policy 285.0, Board Policies, Procedures and Supporting Documents, the Board welcomes all comments and suggestions on Board policy.
Input is an important component of the review process. If you feel a policy and/or procedure needs to be revised, feedback may be submitted through the school council or by submitting the online form. In your response please:
outline clearly the specific section(s) of the policy and/or procedure in which you are not comfortable,
suggest specific alternate wording to reflect your position, and
identify the reason(s) for your concern(s).
Specific recommendations or questions about the review process should be submitted using the online form or sent to the Policy Officers via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via telephone at 905-727-0022 extension 2570 or in hard copy at The Education Centre–Aurora.
Policy/Program Memorandum No. 149, Protocol for Partnerships with External Agencies for Provision of Services by Regulated Health Professionals, Regulated Social Service Professionals, and Paraprofessionals.
It is the expectation of the York Region District School Board that all employees, students and persons invited to or visiting Board property, or partaking/volunteering in Board or school-sponsored events and activities, will respect the policies and procedures of the Board.
Board Policy #663.0 Partnerships with External Agencies for Provision of Services by Regulated Health Professionals, Regulated Social Service Professionals and Paraprofessionals
1. Policy Statement
The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) respects the importance of partnerships and collaborative relationships that complement or enhance learning. The Board is committed to promoting effective community-based partnerships with external agencies that support student achievement and well-being and are consistent with the Board’s Mission, Vision and Values.
Collaborative protocols are established in partnership with external agencies for the provision of services by regulated health professionals, regulated social services professionals and paraprofessionals and must enhance/supplement but not duplicate the delivery of services by YRDSB Professional Student Services staff and/or Paraprofessional staff and not violate collective agreements.
This policy applies to partnerships between the Board and outside agencies, including but not limited to:
Mental Health and Addiction Services;
Family Services organizations; and
Youth Outreach programs/organizations.
This policy does not apply to the Board's process to contract services, which is done through Purchasing Services in accordance with all appropriate policies and procedures, and in alignment with all collective agreements.
This policy does not apply to government mandated services provided directly to students in school settings or partnerships that have a Memorandum of Understanding with the Board such as:
School Health Support Services, serviced through Community Care Access Centres;
Children’s Treatment Network;
Care and Treatment agreements;
Board-wide Protocols with Children’s Aid Societies and Police Services; and/or
Guest speakers, classroom presentations and assemblies.
3.1 The Board of Trustees is responsible for:
reviewing the Partnerships with External Agencies for Provision of Services by Regulated Health Professionals, Regulated Social Service Professionals and Paraprofessionals policy in accordance with Multi-Year Strategic Plan and the policy review cycle; and
adhering to and communicating with members of the community about this policy.
3.2 The Director of Education is responsible for:
implementing and operationalizing the Partnerships with External Agencies for Provision of Services by Regulated Health Professionals, Regulated Social Service Professionals and Paraprofessionals policy.
The collaborative effort to achieve mutually agreed upon goals in support of student achievement and well-being.
4.2 External Agency/Provider
An organization/individual, not internal to a school board, that employs/or is a regulated health professional(s), regulated social services professional(s) and paraprofessional(s).
Regulated Health Professional, Regulated Social Service Professionals and Paraprofessionals include:
other regulated professionals and/or paraprofessionals who are deemed by the school board to be essential for the delivery of programs and services for students with special needs; and
any future regulated categories will also be covered by this protocol.
Paraprofessionals are individuals with relevant post-secondary or on the job training such as, but not limited to child and youth workers, child and youth counselors, occupational therapy assistants or physiotherapy assistants and communications disorders assistants.
4.4 Regulated Professional Student Services Personnel
For the purpose of this policy, Regulated Student Services Personnel are individuals employed in one of the following categories:
Speech-language pathologists, as defined by the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act, and
4.5 Unionized Staff
School board-employed professional student services personnel and/or paraprofessionals that are represented by a bargaining agent recognized under the Labour Relations Act.
Working Document: December 2017 Revised: July 2018
Reviewed: November 2022
Partnerships with External Agencies for Provision of Services by Regulated Health Professionals, Regulated Social Service Professionals and Paraprofessionals
1. Procedure Statement
The purpose of this procedure is to comply with the Ministry’s Protocol for Partnerships with External Agencies for Provision of Services by Regulated Health Professionals, Regulated Social Service Professionals, and Paraprofessionals and outlines the process for developing effective community-based relationships with external agencies that foster student achievement and well-being in the delivery of programs and services for students in schools. It applies specifically to partnerships with external agencies for provision of services by regulated health professionals, regulated social service professionals and paraprofessionals.
By signing the Collaborative Relationships for External Services (CRES) Agreement, the external agency agrees to:
ensure employees who are providing the services are duly qualified to perform the services;
ensure services are provided in accordance with legislative, regulatory and professional standards and requirements, as applicable;
be responsible for supervision and evaluation for the performance of its employees performing the services under the CRES Agreement;
deliver services in a capacity building manner;
agree to participate in a dispute resolution process if a conflict arises and cannot be resolved;
provide proof of liability insurance and indemnification certificate;
provide the following information regarding professional and paraprofessional staff;
proof of membership in the relevant regulated college,
proof of vulnerable sector screening,
details of the professional/paraprofessional’s role and responsibilities; name of immediate supervisor and the supervisor’s qualifications, and
ensure that staff sign in at the school office and carry a visitor’s pass which should be worn and visible at all times.
3.1 The Director of Education shall:
allocate staff and resources to support the Partnerships with External Agencies for Provision of Services by Regulated Health Professionals, Regulated Social Service Professionals and Paraprofessionals procedure.
3.2 Collaborative Relationships for External Services (CRES) Committee shall:
designate school board personnel to manage the aspects of this policy and procedure that are Board related;
review proposed CRES documents to ensure issues such as accountability, liability, confidentiality and consent have been examined and requirements have been satisfied;
ensure that CRES documents support the policies and procedures established by the Board and demonstrate sound management and fiscal responsibility;
respond to requests while considering available resources;
ensure the partnership will enhance and not duplicate the duties, functions or roles of Board Student Services personnel and will respect all contractual and collective agreement obligations of both the Board and the community participant;
address any disagreements or disputes that may arise among the parties;
maintain a record of where CRES agreements have been undertaken;
ensure the terms of termination are specified in each CRES Partnership Agreement;
ensure agreement includes requirement to provide thirty days written notification of intent to terminate service with a provider;
ensure that each proposed CRES agreement demonstrates that the services offered by an external agency benefits all parties and enhance the learning and well-being of students; and
review CRES agreements to ensure:
compliance with the Board’s Mission, Vision, and Values and policies and procedures; and
a clear rationale for the request and demonstration that available Board services have been explored and implemented.
3.3 Principals shall:
utilize service providers that are on the list of Approved External Services Providers;
consult the approved external service providers list prior to implementing any service within their school;
ensure the service provided aligns with their School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement; and
ensure that prospective external partners consult with the Board’s Mental Health Lead and/or Assistant Coordinator of Mental Health and utilize the online partnership application process found on the Board website.
3.4 Mental Health Lead and/or Assistant Coordinator of Mental Health:
review the CRES application/documentation to ensure;
the benefits are clearly defined for all parties and demonstrate how the services will enhance student learning and well-being,
clearly define expectations of each partner before the agreement is implemented, and
ensure alignment with Board policies and procedure.
3.5 External Agency Provider shall:
sign the following documents;
Collaborative Relationships for External Services (CRES) Agreement Form,
Checklist for Collaborative Relationships for External Services (CRES) Agreement, and
4.1 Collaborative Relationships for External Services (CRES) Committee
A committee of representatives from York Region District School Board including; the Coordinating Superintendent of Education, Student Services and Well-Being or designate, Coordinating Superintendent of Education Human Resource Services and People and Culture, Mental Health Lead, Assistant Coordinator of Mental Health, Chief Social Worker, Chief Psychologist and the President of OSSTF-PSSP or designate, and President of CUPE 1734 or designate.
4.2 Collaborative Relationships for External Services (CRES) Agreement
An external services agreement which outlines the primary focus of each proposed agreement and demonstrates that the services offered by an external agency will benefit all parties and enhance the learning and well-being of students without duplicating available Board services.
Working Document: December 2017
Revised: July 2018, February 2019, November 2022